Kay Blair, 96, St. Anthony Park, died March 10, 2021. During and after a long career in education, she was the oldest and one of the longest-tenured volunteers in the paleontology laboratory at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
She was born in Northfield, and graduated in chemistry from St. Olaf College and got her master’s degree in physics from the University of Minnesota.
While at the U, she met Morris Blair whom she married in 1948. They had two sons, Carl and John. Morris Blair died in 1996.
Kay taught mathematics at Macalester College as she completed her Ph.D. in mathematics at the U of M. She was teaching at Hamline University when she started volunteering at the Science Museum in the early ’80s. Kay volunteered every Tuesday and Thursday until the lab closed last year because of the pandemic.
She also taught at the University and at the Minnesota School of Mathematics and Science.
Blair is survived by her sons and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held this summer at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, where she was a longtime member.